What happened on March 28, 2004
Spring in the Spoon DAVID LEITE, David Leite last wrote for the magazine about spaghetti alla carbonara.
Conundrum Katherine Mader, Katherine Mader is a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who was the first LAPD inspector general from 1996-1999. Her last essay for the magazine was about tracing the history of relatives who disappeared during World War II.
The Blood of the Lambs Claudia Kolker, Claudia Kolker is a Houston-based freelance writer.
The Toink! Heard 'Round the World Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger, Martin J. Smith is senior editor of the magazine and Patrick J. Kiger is a frequent contributor. "POPLORICA" is being published this week by HarperResource.
On the other side of darkness John Felstiner, John Felstiner is the author of "Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew," which won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, and editor of "Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan," which received translation prizes from the Modern Language Assn., the American Translators Assn. and PEN West. He teaches at Stanford University.
It was never about the music Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is the Times' pop music critic.
Nature at its most revealing Jane Ciabattari, Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection "Stealing the Fire" and a contributing editor for Parade magazine.
Enduring legacy of a man apart Thomas Curwen, Thomas Curwen, a staff writer for the Times, is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Links in a creative chain Richard Howard, Richard Howard is a poet and translator; he teaches literature in the writing division of Columbia University's School of the Arts.
On an island, with dreams of the mainland Warren I. Cohen, Warren I. Cohen is distinguished university professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and senior scholar in the Asia Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His most recent book is "The Asian American Century."
Ideologies in the making Walter Shapiro, Walter Shapiro is the author of the recently published "One-Car Caravan: On the Road With the 2004 Democrats Before America Tunes In."
Half notes and glissandos Brigitte Frase, Brigitte Frase is a reviewer and contributing editor to the journals Speakeasy and Ruminator Review.
Dostoevsky's early genius Charlotte Hobson, Charlotte Hobson is the author of "Black Earth City: When Russia Ran Wild (And So Did We)." This essay appears as the foreword to Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Poor People."
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That Sinking Feeling Steven L. Spiegel, Steven L. Spiegel is professor of political science and director of the Middle East Regional Security Program at the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA.
Cut Taxes -- but Do the Job Right Michael Hout, Michael Hout is a professor of sociology at UC Berkeley. He is coauthor of "Inequality by Design" and many academic articles on employment, social mobility and social change. E-mail: mikehout@ berkeley.edu.
The Subtle Shades of Villainy Nicholas Goldberg, Nicholas Goldberg, Op-Ed editor of the Los Angeles Times, covered the Middle East for Newsday in the late 1990s.
Tooth and Consequences Matthew Margolis, Matthew Margolis is host of the PBS series "WOOF! It's a Dog's Life!" and coauthor of 18 books about dog behavior and training, including "GRRR! The Complete Guide to Understanding & Preventing Aggressive Behavior in Dogs." E-mail: unclematty@ unclematty.com
Lots of Hot Air About Hydrogen Joseph J. Romm, Joseph Romm is a former acting assistant secretary of Energy and author of the book "The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate."
GOP Success: It's the Principles, Stupid Matthew Dallek, Matthew Dallek is the author of "The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics."